UCCS names 20th anniversary team

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 23, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS-The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs named its 20th anniversary men's basketball team Friday.

Current star forward Patrick Hannaway, who is the author of the two highest scoring seasons in school history, was the top vote getter. He is joined on the first team by forward Jack Bain, center Kevin Fletcher and guards Wayne Rhymes and Quincey Simpson.
The second team is comprised of guards Neal Robinson and Rob Hellem, forwards Jerome Brown and Rodney Rainey and center Bly McGuire.

Tre Carruthers, Erick Morr, James Wilson, Jim Pecic, Monte Hess and Mike Jackson were all named honorable mention.

UCCS officially began playing intercollegiate basketball in the 1987-88 season under the name Gold. The nickname was changed to the Mountain Lions prior to the 1999-2000 season.

The top two guards and forwards as well as the top center were named first team. The second team represented the next highest vote getters. Honorable mention was awarded to players who were chosen on at least three ballots.

Players must have played at least two seasons at UCCS to be considered for the ballot. Current sports information director Doug Fitzgerald and former SID Jerry Cross chose the final ballot with input from other current and former members of the Athletic Department.

Ballots were cast by current and former basketball coaches, athletic directors and sports information directors plus selected faculty and administrators who have or had been actively involved with the Athletic Department.

UCCS 20th Anniversary Team

First team

PATRICK HANNAWAY, forward, 2005-07
Holder of the UCCS single-season scoring record with 542 points in 2005-06, he should break it again this season by scoring more points. He also owns the single-season and career marks for shooting percentage, free throws attempted and free throws made.

JACK BAIN, forward, 2000-04
 Led the nation in 2003-04 by averaging 12.4 rebounds per game. Also averaged 18.9 points per game that season, setting the record that Hannaway broke two seasons later. Holds the school's career and single-season rebounding records plus the career blocked shots record. Played professionally in Ireland.

KEVIN FLETCHER, Center, 1999-2002
 Led the RMAC in both scoring and rebounding as a senior, averaging 19.4 points and 10 rebounds per game, Both marks were second best in school history at that time, Shot 52.8 percent for his career, the third-best mark in school history. Currently plays professionally in Greece.

WAYNE RHYMES, Guard, 1999-2001
 Set the school record for points in a season with 509 in 2000-01, which Hannaway broke a year ago. Averaged 16.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for his career. Is currently playing professionally in Mexico had previously played in Israel.

QUNICEY SIMPSON, Guard, 1999-2001
 Averaged 17 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for his career. Career scoring average is tied with Rodney Rainey for the second best in school history, behind only Hannaway. His 454 points in 2000-01 was, at the time, the third-best output in school history and still ranks sixth.

Second Team

JEROME BROWN, Forward, 2000-02
 Averaged 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists for his career. Despite being blind in one eye, he led the team in assists with 107 in 2000-01.

RODNEY RAINEY, Forward, 1996-98
 Averaged 17 points and 7.1 rebounds for UCCS. Set the school single-season scoring record, since surpassed, in 1996-97.

BLY MCGUIRE, Center, 2005-07
 Is currently averaging XX points and XX rebounds per game.

NEAL ROBINSON. Guard, 1988-91
 His school scoring record of 433 points in 1990-91 stood for six years before being broken.Is fourth on the school's all-time scoring list. Holds the UCCS records for career 3-pointers attempted and made.

ROB HELLEM, Guard, 1992-96
 Ranks sixth on the all-time scoring list. Is second to Robinson in both 3-pointers attempted and made.

Honorable mention

MONTE HESS, Forward, 1994-96
 Averaged 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for his career.

MIKE JACKSON, Forward, 1987-92
 Holds the school career scoring record with 1,222 points. Is second in career rebounding with 731.

JIM PECIC, Center, 2002-05
 Led UCCS in both scoring and rebounding in 2004-05 with 16 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Holds the school single-season and career assists records.

 Second on the UCCS career scoring list with 1,211 points.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jim PecicJim Pecic20FSr.
Jim PecicJim Pecic20FJr.
Jim PecicJim Pecic32FJr.
Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
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